Welcome to Ward 10
Ward 10 includes the neighborhoods of East Harriet, ECCO, Lowry Hill East, South Uptown and Whittier. Ward 10 neighborhoods are home to a mix of renters, who make up nearly 80% of the Ward's population, homeowners, and hundreds of locally-owned businesses.
Council Member Lisa Bender was elected to serve Ward 10 in 2013 and re-elected in 2017. She was unanimously elected by her colleagues to serve as President of the City Council this term and supported a City Council structure that empowered each of her colleagues to provide leadership in priority areas for their Wards. Council President Bender chairs City Council meetings and typically serves on the Executive Committee, Housing Committee, Transportation and Public Works Committee, Zoning and Planning Committee and the Board of Estimate and Taxation.
Following the declaration of local public health emergency in March 2020, Council President Bender lead the re-organization of the City Council to serve the community during the public health pandemic. In the re-organized structure, she chairs the Policy and Government Oversight Committee, the City Council meetings and serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Estimate and Taxation. All City Council and committee meetings can be found in the City's Legislative Information Management System.
The Ward 10 office has two staff who work to support our constituents and businesses, support projects and policy priorities for Ward 10, support the work of the City Council as a body, and respond to communications inquiries.
You can call the Ward 10 office at 612-673-2210.
For scheduling inquiries, please contact Tina at [email protected]
Our Work Ahead
When I was first elected to serve Ward 10 in 2013, I heard loud and clear from our community a clear desire for change: stronger worker protections, more housing options, expanded emergency shelter and protections for renters, safer streets for all users and more dedicated action at the local level to racial injustice and climate change. Since then, Minneapolis has made huge progress in responding to these calls for change, in deep partnership with our community. And there is so much more to do.
Despite the challenges of a Presidential administration that repeatedly attacks our local communities, a global pandemic and a national economic crisis, I am focused on continuing all of the work we've accomplished so far together, no matter what barriers and challenges arise. In Minneapolis, we stand 100% ready to fight for civil liberties and freedoms that our country was founded upon and to continue to dismantle and correct our nation's history of racial injustice. We will continue, in the 10th ward office, to bring great care to problems large and small, from flooded alleys and potholes, to community safety, affordable housing, safe streets for all, and worker protections.
My staff and I are happy and honored to work with you and to serve you. All of our work is guided by you: the values, feedback and involvement of the residents of Ward 10. Please keep your emails and calls coming; your ideas inspire us and direct our work. We are always here to help with any question or challenge that we can help solve. It is such an honor to serve and work with you.
Here are just a few of the things we've accomplished together and what we'll keep working on through 2021:
Expanding Housing Options and Improving Development Quality:
- Legalized accessory dwelling units, or "granny flats" citywide to provide more housing options across the city (2014).
- Directed staff to assess Minneapolis' existing housing stock on an ongoing basis and identify policies and programs that will retain and expand housing options and stabilize neighborhoods across the city (2014).
- Updated our zoning regulations for homeless shelters to decouple them from religious institutions and allow small emergency shelters in every Minneapolis neighborhood (2015).
- Revised off-street parking regulations for new multifamily housing near transit (2015).
- Completed the historic designation of the Lowry Hill East Historic District (2015).
- Implemented City Planning Commission building materials guidelines to improve quality of housing development (2014).
- Authored mixed-income housing requirement so that all new housing buildings over 20 units are required to include affordable housing (2019).
- Lead adoption of the Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan update for the City to guide land use and infrastructure policies centering race equity and environmental justice (2018).
- Legalized small multi-family residential buildings in all Minneapolis neighborhoods (2018).
- Amended the zoning code to remove outdated occupancy limits for unrelated adults (2018).
Improving Streets for Walking, Biking, and Transit and Increasing Transportation Choice:
- Added protected bike lanes, pedestrian space, and additional greening at the Hennepin-Lyndale bottleneck (2014).
- Supported implementation of the City's first two-way protected bikeway along 36th Street to Lake Calhoun and creating a pedestrian space on the south side of 36th Street along the cemetery for the first time (2014).
- Established the Parklet pilot program and process for businesses to install parklets (2014).
- Supported restructuring of transportation planning in Public Works to deliver projects that better reflect community needs (2014).
- Made it easier for neighbors to host block parties and other events on their streets (2014).
- Adopted the protected bikeways plan with our priority network for implementation (2015).
- Finalized design and construction timeline for the 29th Street Shared Street (2015).
- Directed staff to develop an ordinance governing car sharing services to ensure access across the city (2015).
- Added standalone, ongoing funding for additional protected bikeways, sidewalk ice and snow removal at corners and at bus stops (2015).
- Authored a staff direction to undertake a winter maintenance study to ensure our bike lanes and sidewalks are usable year-round (2015).
- Authored a complete streets policy for the city that prioritizes walking, bicycling, and taking transit (2016).
- Co-authored a 20 year streets and parks funding plan to close neighborhood park and street funding gaps, which uses a race equity lens for funding priorities (2016).
- Co-authored the expansion of the uptown pedestrian-oriented overlay district to promote pedestrian safety (2016).
- Lead successful acquisition and assembly of land to support the Reopening of Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street and transit improvements on the Nicollet-Central corridor (2014-2020).
- Championed implementation of bus-only lane on Hennepin Avenue (2019)
- Supported adoption of a Vision Zero plan to eliminate serious injuries and deaths from car crashes (2019)
- Leading development of Transportation Action Plan with focus on race equity and reducing climate change impacts (ongoing)
Advancing Racial and Economic Justice:
- Supported repealing outdated spitting and lurking ordinances that disproportionately criminalized people of color (2015).
- Supported a study to determine the effects of a local or regional minimum wage increase (2015).
- Co-author of the state's first earned sick and safe time ordinance (2016).
- Organized the first Workers' Day at City Hall as an opportunity for workers to bring their concerns to policy makers (2017).
- Co-authored the Comprehensive Plan goals resolution establishing the City's commitment to equity (2017).
- Co-author of the Minneapolis municipal minimum wage ordinance, lifting all workers up to $15/hour by 2024 (2017).
- Supported adoption of the City’s first Strategic Race Equity Action Plan (2018)
- Secured funding for enforcement of paid sick time, minimum wage and wage theft violations (2019)
Protecting our Health and the Environment:
- Worked with Hennepin County to roll back a proposal for expanded garbage burning at the HERC (2014).
- Supported local agriculture and environmental sustainability by making it easier to keep honeybees in the city (2014).
- Helped create a first-in-the-nation clean energy partnership with CenterPoint and Xcel Energy to meet our greenhouse gas reduction goals (2014).
- Supported expansion of farm stands and strengthened requirements for healthy foods at corner stores (2014)
- Added e-cigarettes to Minneapolis' Clean Indoor Air Act (2014).
- Declared October to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the City of Minneapolis for the first time and declared October 13 to be Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day (2014, and yearly thereafter).
- Helped secure funding for curbside composting service for all of Minneapolis (2015).
- Updated our zoning regulations to allow for people to store their own composting bins in between pick up days (2015).
- Advanced the work of the Minneapolis Youth Congress to ban flavored tobacco in convenience stores and gas stations (2015).
- Co-author of an ordinance to expand the flavored tobacco ban to include menthol cigarettes (2017).
- Supported the establishment of the Office of Violence Prevention in the Health Department to fund community-based safety strategies (2018)
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Last updated Jul 6, 2020